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Is Sophia Bush a Designer?

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Saturday, June 09, 2012    

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Sophia Bush carries her bag for a cause! The actress teamed up with Los Angeles menswear company Apolis to produce this market tote in support of the brand's Defend Tomorrow initiative, which funds a sewing academy and provides job opportunities in the community of Saidpur, Bangladesh. "Defend Tomorrow has always resonated with me," Bush told InStyle.com of why she got involved. And it's fitting that she produced a tote, as she's a collector herself. "I own so many bags, and I'm not sure if there is a girl out there who isn't bag-obsessed," said the One Tree Hill star. "I think that every girl should have a market bag. I personally carry everything from groceries to clothes to even my little puppy!" The limited-edition accessory, handcrafted in Bangladesh and California, is available for pre-order now.

— Instyle magazine

Mary J Blige to start her own fashion line

R&B star Mary J Blige is stepping into the world of fashion by launching her first clothing line. The 41-year-old I'm Goin' Down hit maker said that she is in the early stages of creating her own clothing brand, reported Daily Star online. Blige sported her clothing sense when she collaborated with French designer, Catherine Malandrino, in a collection of charity T-shirts. The singer said that she will begin with designing shoes and boots, and later wishes to release 'great-fitting jeans' .She also has a perfume line and a range of her own sunglasses called Melodies by MJB.

— Daily Star magazine

If the Queen wore Chanel!

In a reprise of his role as Royal Wedding commentator last year, Karl Lagerfeld provided the Royal Jubilee commentary for French TV's Channel2 yesterday. And in typical Lagerfeld style, he (or possibly his minions -- even Karl can't do everything at once!) tweeted a blow-by-blow account on his account. Of HM's ivory coat of cream bouclé -- designed by royal couturier Angela Kelly -- the Chanel supremo mused, 'J'aurai habillé la reine d'une cape, cela aurait été plus joli que son châle' ('I would have dressed the queen in a cape as it would have been prettier than her shawl'). And he then proceeded to show the world exactly what he meant, drawing one of his signature sketches live on air. He tantalised his followers posting a picture on his Twitter feed, captioning it in English, this time, 'sketching the queen's new outfit.' And then he followed it up with the result complete with those aforementioned Lagerfeld tweaks to Kelly's ensemble. But while he may not have thought much of the outfit itself, he was, nonetheless, complimentary about its wearer: 'Pour son rôle, pour ce qu'elle est, on voit difficilement quelle autre tenue la reine aurait pu porter de mieux' ('for the role she plays and who she is, it would have been difficult for her to look any better'). He also professed his admiration for the monarch's dignity: 'La reine ne donne pas dans la surenchère d'émotions, je trouve cette distance très élégante' (the queen doesn't give in to her emotions, I find her reserve most elegant).

— Daily Mail

Fashion Exhibit Shows Beauty in Trash

A Staten Island art exhibit is showing off a whole wardrobe of clothes made from plastic bags. Staten Island's Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Livingston, will show local artist Gustavo Galvan's collection 'Shopping Bag Intricacies'. Galvan said his goal with the exhibition is to have people rethink the way they see these often discarded materials. "Reuse and up-cycling of common materials is pervasive in my work," Galvan said in a press release. "This method allows me to combine my love of fashion with the sculptural design that is the heart of the pieces." The exhibit marks the first public showing resulting from the Snug Harbor Artist Residency Programme (SHARP), which Galvan was selected to be part of earlier this year. The programme selects eight post-bachelor level artists for a two-month fellowship programme. The artists are provided studio space, living accommodations at Snug Harbor and materials. Members of SHARP are mentored by guest artists and curators of Snug Harbor to help establish careers in visual arts.

— DNA Info

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